Ex-minister gave 15 farms to wives, lovers

via Ex-minister gave 15 farms to wives, lovers – The Sunday Mail Jan 18, 2015

Sacked Presidential Affairs Minister and former Zanu-PF secretary for administration Didymus Mutasa could be charged with abuse of office for the alleged illegal distribution of land to his associates and lovers during his stint at the National Security, Lands, Land Reform and Resettlement portfolio.

Mutasa is also accused of pocketing monthly rentals amounting to US$20 000 from tenants at eight properties in Rusape owned by Zanu-PF.

Investigations by a committee established by Manicaland Provincial Affairs Minister Mandi Chimene reveal that Mutasa improperly parcelled out at least 15 A2 farms from 2005 when he headed the lands brief.

He allegedly continued the “allocations” even when he was reassigned to other ministries.

Minister Chimene told The Sunday Mail that preliminary investigations indicated Mutasa had become “an A2 farm baron”.

She said: “He had a mafia that handled his dirty jobs. We have since established that over the years he has parcelled out farms to his wives, girlfriends, relatives and friends. Party properties are being run by his girlfriends and he is now collecting rentals on a monthly basis.

“Some of the land was given to nephews and nieces who live in Europe. A lands investigations team has been set up and will carry out audits of all A2 farms in Headlands, Nyazura and Rusape.

“Once we have completed the exercise, I will personally hand over a detailed report to my principal, President Mugabe, so that necessary action will be taken. He was abusing the name of the President and we are going to expose all his corrupt activities.”

Information gathered last week indicates that Mutasa gave two of his lovers (names supplied) Wazvari Farm, which is located at the 10-km peg along the Rusape-Harare Road, and Mona Farm in the same area.

Further, it is alleged the ex-minister annexed late National Hero Cde Josiah Tungamirai’s farm in Rusape (which was later transferred to his widow, Pamela Tungamirai, who is also now late) and gave it to one of his three wives.

The late Cde Gibson Munyoro’s Lonecope Farm suffered the same fate.

Mutasa is also believed to have given a relative – Guy Mutasa – Mutambara Farm located 25km out of Rusape while another family member was given Rungutai Farm near Headlands.

Also in Headlands, he allegedly gave an England-based nephew Homewood Farm, which he appears to be leasing to a white farmer only identified as Chadwick.

The farmer has been at the property for a year and allegedly pays rentals directly to Mutasa.

In Nyazura, another alleged girlfriend (name supplied) was allocated Folkington Farm.

One of Mutasa’s wives got Welkom Farm in the same district, and another still got Chimbi Farm.

Back in Rusape, Mutasa allegedly took over Zingondi Farm, which he allegedly claims is the property of Cold Comfort Trust.

In Nyanga, he is said to be at loggerheads with the Tangwenas after he grabbed Nyafaro Community Farm.

In Mashonaland West’s Banket, his nephew – Mike Mutasa – also allegedly got a farm.

In addition, the disgraced ex-Cabinet member is understood to have taken over Dyfreene Farm in Mashonaland East and sub-divided it for his associates.

Lands and Rural Resettlement Minister Dr Douglas Mombeshora said of the allegations: “Cde Chimene and her provincial executive members should write a detailed report from the audits they have carried out.

“The report will have findings and recommendations. We, as a ministry, will then move in to carry out an audit from their findings and if we see that these people were illegally allocated the farms, we will have to repossess and redistribute them.”

Makoni district war veterans’ chair Colonel (Retired) Michael Makiweni added, “Investigations our team carried out show that he was protecting some white farmers in Headlands who were on gazetted farms.

“He took R and E of Lonecope Farm (300 hectares) and Sunrise Farm (400ha). Also in the Headlands area he gave one Agatha Mugomba Lot 2 of Lionshead Farm. We established that he is protecting a white farmer named Taylor on a farm of 1 117 hectares and we suspect this farmer is paying monthly rentals to him. Mutasa also took Mona Agro-Tourism Farm where one of the directors is his personal assistant.”

Cde Makiweni said council authorities confirmed Mutasa had taken ownership of Zanu-PF properties and was collecting monthly rentals.

“We have a party house in a low-density suburb which he has taken. There is Eldro Complex where he is collecting monthly rentals ranging between US$14 000 and US$16 000.

“He has since given one Anastancia Kavhu house number NE 380, which the party had set aside as the district Women’s League offices. Mutasa is also the sole owner of three other party properties which are in the Cold Comfort residential area. He also grabbed Makoni Country Club.”

The allegations come as authorities in Mashonaland East are investigating “bigwigs” who allegedly duped desperate home-seekers by resettling them unprocedurally.

Provincial Affairs Minister Joel Matiza said: “We are concerned by the reports of irregularities over land issues in Goromonzi. We are going to clampdown on all the cases and address all the concerns. The disputes in the co-operatives have become a cause for concern and we are going to put all the stops to address the anomalies.

“We will be working with the Ministry of Local Government and the Ministry of Small and Medium Enterprises Development. This is because some of these people have been taking advantage of the fact that the two ministries work separately.

“The cases at Solomio Farm and Caledonia Farm are of particular concern to us. People have been settled haphazardly and the situation has almost degenerated into a crisis which could worsen if we do not intervene.”

COMMENTS

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    “Ex-minister gave 15 farms to wives, lovers.”

    Kkkkkkk, gloves are off; and now that the zanu pf fat-cats fighting each other they are no longer shy to tell the suffering & landless masses how they have grossly abused the so-called land reform programme.

    All along it was all jingles, singing & gyrating in praise of the “resoundingly successful land redistribution”. Can zanu pf still continue to tell the same lies while at the same time they are acknowledging what all sane Zimboz have always known & said. If Mutasa grabbed so much land, then how much did the greedy Chombo grab? What about Gushungo himself and his wife & their appendages of sorts? what of Shamu, Mnangagwa, Munacho; etc. We all know these guyz are filthy greedy – surely they couldn’t have watched only Didymus doing the grabbing & parceling out to lovers, concubines, lovers, prostitutes and relatives & friends of sorts.

    We know all fat-cats are equally dirty regarding looting of land- and all other national resources.

    But anyway, we will still rejoy for every dirty criminal who is punished never mind the really reason the other equally dirty criminals may decided to punish their former partner in crime. So, we remain anxiously waiting to see the day this evil Mutasa will be punished for his transgressions. Knowing very well that ramangwana richabatazve imwe mbabva igopanichiwavo zvakare.

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    Adam Jones 6 years ago

    How many times have others called for land audits before? Now we have a situation miltiple farm ‘owners’ carry out land audits just because they have a score to settle between themselves? Heee Mutasa has girlfriends but who doesnt? Even bob had disgrace for an office gf. All this would have been fun had it not been tragic to our bleeding country. Its only a matter of time now.

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    Tafunuka 6 years ago

    Don’t leave out Chombo who has houses in almost each and every town where his small-smaller and smallest houses live

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    Bambazonke 6 years ago

    Haha grab farms for the gal friends. Way doesn’t the government give them back to the legal owners (title deeds) and continue. No they are a bunch of thieving racist , an Agro based economy and all they worried about is hanging onto power not about the people or anything

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    Isu zvedu 6 years ago

    Mutasa, it is time you spill it full throttle sir. You are going down, o is it you are already down. But before you get berried, definitively, make a list, a very long one revealing to us who was equally evil. For starters, Chombo and Mugabe should be your top two. Then we the people will enjoy.

    Iwe Chimene, ya please continue to investigate everyone. They’re filthy corrupt and evil. But in order to be taken serious, remember the very person you report to is worse than 10 Mutasas. You’re warned.

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    Justice 6 years ago

    Don’t ya just love it, turning on each other, the evil empire will consume itself, keep going full throttle boys and girls.

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    Nyoni 6 years ago

    The minister mentioned one word. MAFIA. So we have been right all along . YOU ARE ALL MAFIA. English is a hard subject.

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    Madagara Kasulumani 6 years ago

    This is mind Boggling. Why do we Zimbabweans allow Zanoids to use us. Mutasa ex-Rodhesian spy, Mutasa 15 farms, Mujuru ten percent in every company. Nonsense. Why should history be written and told only for only people who have been suspended or expelled from ZANU PF. Is Kasukuwere clean, How are about Chombo. All these people are the same. Those who stay behind in ZANU PF are no cleaner. Enjoy whilst you can. Your days are beckoning

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    Yayano 6 years ago

    This is the information from the files that Mugabe has about every one of his corrupt lieutenants. Fortunately no one will be fooled, they are all corrupt to the core with Mugabe being the most corrupt. Lets wait for his file to revealed.

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    Daniel 6 years ago

    Anyone who lived in Makoni knows all these things about Mutasa and more are true.I was personaly involved with one farm taken for a woman.

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    Petal 6 years ago

    Why is this Thieving scumbag Thug’s nephew living abroad?

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    Petal 6 years ago

    Correction: Why are the thieving scumbags nieces and nephews are living abroad?? probably stashing the loot